Our engineers have firsthand experience with the "magic" a 3D printer brings to our world. We were frustrated with a manufacturer who told us they could not make changes to the gauge mounting of their regulator. So, as frustrated engineers will do ... we built a model in solid works, sent it to a friend who has one of these 3D printers and presto...we had a working model 48 hours later. I will be following your blog really close and may even send you a few small items we would like to bring to fruition. GOOD LUCK IN YOUR JOURNEY!!!
Looks like the CAD and design tool vendors are jumping on this "maker" bandwagon as well, introducing new services and consumer-friendly 3D modeling tools as well as forging partnerships with 3D printer companies and 3D print service providers. It will be exciting to see where this all falls out. It seems like there's a lot of untapped potential and interest--not to mention, real business applicability. I guess only time will tell.
We do a lot of prototyping using Redeye and Protomold. If this new wave of 3D printing can make parts as quick as Redeye in a variety of durable materials like Protomold, I'll be sold. (of course, it would need to cost justify as well)
The 100% solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 is prepping for its upcoming flight, becoming the first plane to fly around the world without using fuel. It's able to do so because of above-average performance by all of the technologies that go into it, especially materials.
With major product releases coming from big names like Sony, Microsoft, and Samsung, and big investments by companies like Facebook, 2015 could be the year that virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) finally pop. Here's take a look back at some of the technologies that got us here (for better and worse).
Good engineering designs are those that work in the real world; bad designs are those that don’t. If we agree to set our egos aside and let the real world be our guide, we can resolve nearly any disagreement.
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